The James Madison Carpenter Collection

Launching in Spring 2018, this multi-volume series will organize, present, and interpret the original materials from one of the most significant collections of ballads, songs, and folk drama (mummers' plays) made in Britain, and songs and tales from the US. The collection was created in the late 1920s to the early 1940s by James Madison Carpenter, a Mississippi native who earned his doctorate under George Lyman Kittredge at Harvard. This is the first time the collection has appeared in print. A UK and US team representing the best of folk music and drama scholarship is creating the edition, which is intended to stimulate the use of this neglected gem among a broad audience, including scholars, performers, enthusiasts, and the interested public, including contributor descendants and local communities. Learn more at the The James Madison Carpenter Collection Project website homepage http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/carpenter/

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Guest Blog: John and Zachary Hilpert, authors of the forthcoming book, Campaigns and Hurricanes

This weekend, Mississippi celebrated its bicentennial with the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. At the invitation of Governor Phil Bryant, President Donald Trump attended the opening ceremony, becoming the fourteenth president to visit the state while in office. Father and son John and Zachary Hilpert are authors of the forthcoming

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